Rod White introduces the October 2015 brochure

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Wed 23 Sep 2015

Rod White introduces the October 2015 brochure

“I thought the major was a lady…”

Blimey, it’s October already. Not historically a busy month here at Filmhouse, but in recent years it has been rivalling January as the busiest month of the year. The UK film industry seems to have developed a habit of premiering films at the London Film Festival (LFF, early October) then releasing them immediately after in late October and November (they do that with EIFF too, in July and August), and this year is most certainly continuing that trend. Often these days in October, our three screens are simply not enough, what with all the myriad festivals we’re hosting (Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, Africa in Motion, Scotland Loves Anime, Play Poland, Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival…) In a wider sense, what with the latest Bond film about to explode on to cinema screens and Star Wars in December, the cinema industry is gearing up for a record breaking year, and whilst we won’t be showing those last two on their respective release dates, don’t be too surprised to see them here at some point…

One of those films coming straight out after its LFF bow (only 5 days later in fact!) is Suffragette, which stars Carey Mulligan as one of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, spurred to action by the rousing speeches of Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) in the years before women (initially, well-off women over 30 at any rate!) were given the right to vote. Urgent and compelling as the film most certainly is, one downside of it for me is that I’ve had that (Paul McCartney &) Wings’ song ‘Jet’ ineluctably spinning round in my head for many weeks. I might have preferred Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’, but I guess with these things there’s little choice. On the bright side, no-one has rereleased Birdy lately, or made a film called Mistletoe and Wine. (If anyone did make one, I reckon it would be about a couple of middle-aged lady gardeners who turn to amateur criminal detecting... though that’s starting to sound familiar…) As a complement to the release of Suffragette we’re also screening a marvellous BFI Archive silent film compilation showing, among other things, how these remarkable women were viewed at the time.

Replete with a host of breathtaking bike racing sequences, The Program is Stephen Frears’ thrilling film inspired by the book ‘Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong’ by Irish journalist David Walsh (played by Chris O’Dowd) who was, for many years, the lone voice questioning the achievements of the titular one time/seven time Tour de France winner. The powers that decide such things have decreed that we are able to bring you Justin Kurzel’s stunning new version of Macbeth on October 30 (a bit later than some other cinemas in town) but you’ll have waited to see it here, so that’s fine; Brazilian The Second Mother is a gem of a film, in which the arrival of the estranged daughter of the live-in maid of an idle rich São Paulo family causes the unspoken class divide to come to the fore in moving and transformative ways; and Red Army tells the fascinating and gripping tale of the all-conquering USSR Ice Hockey team of the late 70s and 80s.

Lastly, (though there’s way more on this month than I have room to mention above, like a live music event with The Magic Science Quartet playing to Ka’s Oedipus), we’ve a couple of Halloween treats for you: Vincent Price in André de Toth’s 1953 3D classic, House of Wax, and John Carpenter’s seminal seasonal offering, Halloween.

Uvidimsya v oktyabre!

Rod White, Head of Filmhouse

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